Thursday, January 25, 2018

Purgatory Hotel by Anne Marie Ormsby

Genre: Thriller/paranormal
Release Date: 26th September Paperback 7th November Kindle
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Dakota Crow has been murdered, her body dumped in a lonely part of the woods, and nobody knows but her
and her killer.
Stranded in Purgatory, a rotting hotel on the edge of forever, with no memory of her death, Dakota knows she
must have done something bad to be stranded among murderers and rapists. To get to somewhere safer, she
must hide from the shadowy stranger stalking her through the corridors of the hotel, and find out how to
repent for her sins.
But first she must re-live her life.
Soon she will learn about her double life, a damaging love affair, terrible secrets, and lies that led to her violent
Dakota must face her own demons, and make amends for her own crimes before she can solve her murder and
move on.

But when she finds out what she did wrong, will she be truly sorry?


My Review:

This book was a bit more then I bargained for in a few spots. If it is a dark subject this book hits on it. Murder, Child Sexual abuse, crib death, mental illness suicide and more. Even with all that darkness this was still a book I could not put down. 

In the book Dakota Crow wakes up with a headache in a strange place. She almost immediately finds out she is in Purgatory Hotel.  But doesn't know why. She can't remember anything. She knows or least has a feeling she was a good person in life and has no idea what she could of done to end up in Purgatory. 

Purgatory is a dark, dirty, and scary place. It is always dark and always storming. Hallways lead on with no endings. People are strange. Book and cigarettes are free and always in reach though. The first person she meets is Danny the bartender. He basically tells her some of the rules abotu the place. The problem is the rules tend to change at will. She then meets Betty. Betty is in Purgatory for killing her husbandS. 

Someone tells Dakota about the Library of Remembrance. Dakota goes on a search to find it, hoping to be able to find out her past and what she done so wrong to get into this place. Once she finds it she finds her book of life and begins to read. She finds out many things she wished she didn't have to remember. Finally after reading the last page she must decide how and if she wants to make the needed amends to check out of Purgatory Hotel.

I do have to admit that with throughout the book a singer named Nick Cave was brought up a lot so I found myself on Youtube checking him out. I found some new music to listen to.  

On a warm day in July 1978, a mother was admitted to hospital, awaiting the arrival of her new baby.
She was reading Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie and the midwives thought it a gruesome choice
for an expectant mother. A story of a long forgotten murder and repressed memories. As it turned out
her new baby, Anne-Marie would grow up and find herself drawn to all things macabre, and would one
day herself turn out a story of murder and memories lost.
Anne Marie grew up on the Essex coast with her parents and six siblings in a house that was full of
books and movies and set the scene for her lifelong love of both.
She began writing short stories when she was still at primary school after reading the book The October
Country by Ray Bradbury. He was and still is her favourite author and the reason she decided at age 9
that she too would be a writer someday.
n her teens she continued to write short stories and branched out into poetry, publishing a few in her
late teens. In her early twenties she began committing herself to writing a novel and wrote one by the
age of 20 that she then put away, fearing it was too weird for publication.
She wrote Purgatory Hotel over several years, but again kept it aside after several rejections from
publishers. Luckily for her, she found a home for her twisted tale with Crooked Cat Books.
Her favourite authors include Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King, Denis Lehane and Douglas
Coupland. She also takes great inspiration from music and movies, her favourite artists being Nick
Cave and The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Interpol, David Lynch and David Fincher.
Anne-Marie moved to London in 2008 where she lives to this day, amidst books and DVDs, with her
husband and daughter.

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